Free to worship
When God’s people were being held in slavery, by Pharaoh in Egypt, thousands of years ago, God decided to set them free.
God wanted to set his people free because he loved them, he wanted to bless them, and he wanted the very best for them.
And for his people to really receive that blessing, God wanted them to worship him.
Worshipping God is always a blessing: both for God and for ourselves.
God wants to set us free to worship him.
Worshipping God changes our perspective on life:
Instead of keeping our heads down focussing on our own problems, worship transforms us and raises our heads, so that we can see our God who provides everything that we need.
And sometimes God calls us to worship him in the most unexpected places:
God wanted to set his people free, so that they could worship him in the desert.
Most of us do not live in Egypt today, but God still wants to set us free to worship him in the wilderness.
Our lives may seem dry and hard at times.
Pressures at home, anxieties at work, and difficulties in our relationships can all contribute to us feeling that we are in a desert place.
And it is right here, right now, in the desert place, that God wants to set us free to worship him.
And as we worship him, we maintain our freedom.
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Then say to him, 'The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness.'"
Exodus 7:14-16 (NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)